Taking a few weeks off work to get healthy and wondering what the kids are watching these days, since all I can seem to engage with is Ally McBeal. I'd ideally like programming that enriches my mind rather than just passing hours in the day but define that as you will. Thank you in advance, ListAppers!
  1. West Wing! Chef's Table!
    Suggested by @Grosstastic
  2. Hector and the Search for Happiness
    it will make you want to make African sweet potato stew.
    Suggested by @hconquer
  3. Black Mirror
    If you haven't already
    Suggested by @kate81
  4. Samsara
    No dialogues, just a visual treat.
    Suggested by @shainadesai
    And sit in awe of Tatiana Maslany.
    Suggested by @rachelb
  6. Herstory
    Suggested by @jeremysomething
  7. Podcasts forevaaaa! Listen to the here's the thing with the makers of making a murder...also catch up on Radiolab and this american life
    Suggested by @MandyKN
  8. Also if you want a riveting Trainwreck, I highly recommend Married at First Sight
    Suggested by @sarahgorman
  9. X+Y
    a British film about a boy who is incredible at maths, but not so great socially - it shows his struggles and development... despite the underlying very serious themes, it is heartwarming with some very funny moments. Netflix describes it as "inspiring" and "emotional."
    Suggested by @hconquer
  10. The nature of things! And 8th fire
    Suggested by @dalyns
  11. Mr Robot was a pretty interesting head trip and interesting takedown of aggressive masculinity. Master of None if you ain't gotten to it yet. Who are we kidding, just snort a long line of Law and Order and you'll feel better by morning
    Suggested by @dcerruti
  12. Catastrophe on Netflix!
    Suggested by @ameliaville
  13. Crazy Ex Girlfriend!!! Also The Knick and The Leftovers for more thoughtful watching, I've also been enjoying Mercy Street on PBS and the War & Peace miniseries
    Suggested by @sarahgorman
  14. Suggested by @readjulia
  15. All seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    I don't know if this is what the kids are watching but I swear to god this is a therapeutic and inspiring journey.
    Suggested by @ladyboss
  16. You into foreign TV? French shows Engrenages/Spiral and Les Revenants are both good, but they're both, tonally, polar opposites of Ally McBeal -- pretty dark. Assume you've already seen Justified?
    Suggested by @readjulia
  17. This Flavor of Love Marathon going on right now on VH1
    Very educational. You're welcome.
    Suggested by @shanaz
  18. Crazy Ex Girlfriend
    Suggested by @emilynielsen
  19. The Killing on Netflix
    Suggested by @juddapat0w
  20. Outlander
    Suggested by @katrinapet
  21. The 100
    Pure dystopian soapy drama brilliance.
    Suggested by @daniellenuss
  22. Phoenix
    German film directed by Christian Petzold and starring the incredible Nina Hoss. I think it's on Netflix. (I'll also second the Chef's Table suggestion.)
    Suggested by @APosocco
  23. Broadchurch, Luther, and a big seconded to Black Mirror
    Suggested by @caracmitch
  24. The Man in the High Castle
    On Amazon, I think. Show about what happens if the Germans win WWII. Thought provoking (and a couple if handsome men too). Freakiest version of Edelweiss you've ever heard...
    Suggested by @dltompkins1
  25. Motzart in the Jungle! So good.
    Suggested by @whitmeri
  26. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
    I love how he highlights issues that may not get enough press and does so with the perfect blend of silly humor and sharp intelligence. I binge watch the episodes whenever I'm home sick. Hope you feel better!
    Suggested by @TT
  27. Gilmore girls.
    Again! Prepping for the revival. I love the abundance of witty writing and literary/pop culture references.
    Suggested by @aminam
    Suggested by @nadiareiman
  29. I'll have what Phil's having
    Netflix. It's like a real person's guide to amazing food in other countries. Phil's personality makes the show. He is a comedy writer, not a chef, & just a guy who loves food.
    Suggested by @astew
  30. Both seasons of Fargo.
    Even if you've already seen them.
    Suggested by @lynn0826
  31. The Bridge
    It's a Scandinavian crime drama, gripping with really complex and well developed characters.
    Suggested by @CoolStoryKlo
  32. Zero Motivation
    An amazing Israeli movie about female soldiers doing their meaningless desk job, but also about female friendship. It's funny and clever and was written/directed by a woman.
    Suggested by @michal
  33. Outrageous Fortune
    New Zealand classic about a family in west Auckland
    Suggested by @alanarogerrrrs
  34. The West Wing: season 2, episode 16
    Suggested by @lorimcs